I’m still fairly new to the world of bullet journalling but, having just wrapped up my first full year of using one consistently, I can confidently say it has improved my life. A bullet journal is a system created by Ryder Carroll. Its primary purpose is a planning tool to increase productivity and better manage your time. If you’re new to the concept, this video is a good place to start. Beyond its functionality, artists around the world have created a whole world of themes and specific monthly pages.
I started incorporating a monthly ‘mood tracker’ page in April. It’s surprisingly helpful to get into the habit of checking in daily, even for just a few minutes, to reflect on the state of your mental health. I’m also enjoying the creative challenge of designing a tracker that ties in with each unique theme, and the satisfaction of seeing a completed page at the end of the month.
‘Plan with me’ videos for my 2019 themes:
- January - Parks & Rec
- February - Peaky Blinders
- March - Monochrome Minimalism
- April - Noodles
- May - Baking Up A Storm
- June - Halves
- July - Yellow
- August - Whales
- September - Junk Journal
- October - Galaxies
- November - Bob’s Burgers
- December - Japan
Favourite art supplies:
- A5 size notebook - Leuchtturm1917
- B5 size notebook - Scribbles That Matter
- Calligraphy brush pen - Tombow Fudenosuke
- Fineliner pen - Pigma Micron
- White gel ink pen - Sakura Gelly Roll
- Coloured pens - Tombow ABT Dual Brush
A new year; a new decade. I want to keep challenging myself and evolving as an artist… but also to forgive and remind myself that creativity cannot be forced. I’m not one for annual resolutions and haven’t a clue where 2020 will take me, but knowing my trusty journal will be part of my daily ritual provides some comfort against the uncertainty.